Student and professional journalists write op-eds for Student Press Freedom Day

In 2019, nearly 70 student newsrooms wrote editorials on the importance of student press freedom as part of Year of the Student Journalist. This year, we've relaunched the op-ed campaign and high school, college and professional journalists answered the call. Don't see your name on the list? Email Danielle Dieterich at ddieterich@splc.org with the subject line “SPFD… Continue reading Student and professional journalists write op-eds for Student Press Freedom Day

New York college journalists say PR stands between them and employee interviews

The Chronicle staff, professors, and local journalists sat on a panel Friday ahead of Student Press Freedom Day. Pictured from left to right: Mary Alice Molgard, Emily Paolicelli, Aileen Burke, Angela Ledford, Jackson Wang, and Casey Seiler. (Photo courtesy of Chronicle News Editor Sarah Clark)

NEW YORK — Student reporters of The Saint Rose Chronicle used to freely interview employees of The College of Saint Rose in Albany, but since 2017, that access has been slowly taken away from them, they said. Aileen Burke, former executive editor at The Chronicle said that starting in 2017, employees who were usually happy… Continue reading New York college journalists say PR stands between them and employee interviews

NEWS RELEASE: Student Press Law Center adds leaders in law, journalism education and philanthropy to its Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 27, 2020 Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267 / dmk@splc.org WASHINGTON, D.C.  – The Student Press Law Center has named four new board members to serve its mission to promote, support and champion the rights of student journalists and their advisers at the high school and college levels. “There… Continue reading NEWS RELEASE: Student Press Law Center adds leaders in law, journalism education and philanthropy to its Board of Directors

NEWS ADVISORY: Student Press Freedom Day

Contact: Diana Mitsu Klos, director of engagement (202) 728-7267/ dmk@splc.org  NEWS ADVISORY for Jan. 29, 2020 events Student Press Freedom Day celebrates the critical role of student media while pointing out the challenges they face With Jan. 29 events in Washington, D.C. and across the country, Student Press Freedom Day is a national day of… Continue reading NEWS ADVISORY: Student Press Freedom Day

Can school officials search my personal social media accounts?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Ask SPLC.” Q: Are school officials allowed to search for and look at my personal (non-school-affiliated) social media accounts without my permission? A: Yes. Once you post something online it’s pretty much fair game for anyone (school officials, current or… Continue reading Can school officials search my personal social media accounts?

Apply now to these paid summer 2020 internships

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Every month the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some internships with upcoming deadlines. Student Press Law Center (Washington D.C.)• Journalism Interns - The Student Press Law Center is seeking passionate student journalists with an interest in justice. We’re looking for self-starting, experienced young reporters to chronicle student… Continue reading Apply now to these paid summer 2020 internships

When I request records, do I have to explain why I want them?

Every week, Student Press Law Center attorneys answer a frequently asked question about student media law in “Ask SPLC.” Q: Am I required to explain why I want a particular record when submitting an open records request? A: Almost always, states and the federal government FOI laws make clear that the motivation behind an open records request is irrelevant.… Continue reading When I request records, do I have to explain why I want them?

Apply now for these summer 2020 *paid* journalism internships

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Every month, the Student Press Law Center publishes a list of paid journalism internships. Here are some spring and summer internships with upcoming deadlines.  Did we miss any? Email Danielle Dieterich at ddieterich@splc.org to add an internship. Student Press Law Center (Washington, D.C.)• Journalism Internship — Join our small team with an outsized impact. The… Continue reading Apply now for these summer 2020 *paid* journalism internships

New Voices 2020 preview

Hillary Davis speaks to high school journalists and their advisers about New Voices at the 2019 National High School Journalism Convention in Washington, D.C. / Joe Severino
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Hillary Davis, SPLC’s New Voices Advocacy and Campaign Organizer, sits down and walks us through the New Voices movement in 2020. Find out what’s happening in your state and how you can get involved. Full Transcript Joe Severino: In January, state legislatures across the country will meet for the start of their 2020 lawmaking sessions,… Continue reading New Voices 2020 preview

College journalists in New Jersey describe years of “intimidation, harassment, threats” by administrators

Youngtown Edition’s staffers posing with signs of support at Board of Trustees meeting / Luna Wroblewski

NEW JERSEY — Student journalists at the County College of Morris recently went before the school’s Board of Trustees with more than two years of documented incidents with school administrators — saying administrators intimidated the student newspaper staff from doing their jobs and eventually ousted their adviser. The Youngtown Edition’s Editor-in-Chief Alexa Wyszkowski, Managing Editor… Continue reading College journalists in New Jersey describe years of “intimidation, harassment, threats” by administrators